Close-Up and Macro Photography | Lester Lefkowitz


In this B&H Event Space video, photographer Lester Lefkowitz shows you how to get in close, closer and really close, to capture the wonderful details and never-ending curiosities of both natural and man-made objects. While presenting a mix of photographs and diagrams to illustrate important technical concepts, Lefkowitz discusses magnification ranges, various optical and mechanical methods for getting close, issues of critical focus and depth of field, techniques for camera support and vibration control, various lighting methods (available, flash, and incandescent) and the role played by software to enhance images and overcome pre-digital limitations. To aid in revealing such an invisible universe of beauty, fascination, and intrigue, he covers the many different accessories—bellows, teleconverters, extension tubes, close-up lenses, focusing slides, copy stands, tripods, remote releases, and more—that will allow you to work at a scale not readily captured with conventional gear. After watching, you will be inspired to plunge into the macro realm, and explore such hidden marvels for yourself.


Great conference on macrophotography, very complete.  Thank you Lester, very informative.

Only one complaint, as a fervent Olympus micro 4/3 user: the chart at 1:54 showing relative sensor sizes shows "my" sensor (labelled M43) as roughly only 60% of the height of an APSC (as depicted), whereas the real ratio should be 13.5/16 = 84%.  In other words, the difference is not really significant, contrary to what some believe.  For the relative width, the ratio depicted is 50% as opposed to 75% in reality.

Respectfully, Lester, the first insect photo you show is a cricket not a grasshopper. The second is a ventral image of a *harmless* orb weaver spider, female; one would be fine if she ended up on one's bed. The third is a dorsal image of the same spider.